My Personal Story

How The Search For Health Began…

My health issues began at a young age as a child in the 1960’s. I missed one or two days of school per week because of a sore throat, swollen glands, mild fever, or tonsillitis. There was great frustration in trying to figure out why I never felt good, was always tired, and had difficulty keeping up in school.

Each time I went to the doctor I was given a new round of antibiotics to cure my latest infection; taking prescription medicine became the norm. At 10 years of age, I was diagnosed with mononucleosis. This resulted in missing two months of school and never leaving the house except to go to doctor appointments. That was a long winter. Thank goodness I had a kind and generous teacher who tutored me so I could move on to my next grade level.

Through all of this, nobody ever asked why I had recurring infections or tried to figure out what was really going on. They just continued to give me antibiotics. As a result I spent my childhood taking all kinds of medications and not getting to the root of the problem.

After moving out on my own, I saw different doctors who diagnosed my problem as chronic allergies. Antibiotics weren’t needed for this, only allergy meds. I found some relief through this, but was still taking lots of medicine and having side effects from those. Very often, you treat one problem with medication and create another. So, my allergy symptoms were better, but I could still never say I really felt good or had any energy.

I finally decided I wanted to be healthy without all the medications. I began seeking alternative methods of treatment through Innerworks Holistic Health Center. Through the evaluation process I learned my immune system was weakened by all the antibiotics I took as a child. This makes it difficult for me to fight infections, increases my allergy problems, and causes general fatigue. As a result I often have shingles, bronchitis, skin allergies, and sinus infections.

Treating me for infections as a child only increased my health issues as an adult. Looking at all of this I decided there had to be a better way. Surely it was possible to feel good and have adequate energy without taking lots of medications on a daily basis. That’s how my search began. I have discovered all kinds of things that I hope to share with you in this blog. Check back often to learn how I’ve decreased my medications, discovered products that don’t exacerbate my allergies, and found renewed energy.

Strive to be healthy!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janet harms
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 14:39:38

    Hey Vickie great article. Had no idea you went thru all of this. I too had allergies took shots etc when I was young I have had so many sinus infections I can’t tell you when I haven’t had them. Now I have been working for Whole Foods in Austin (amazing company wish Wichita had one). I have learned so much about eating the right things. Any info you have I would love to read. My 2 year old grandson has been sick his whole life. Hope I can help him. Take Carr and thanks for info


    • vjkline
      Sep 25, 2012 @ 16:37:47

      Hi Janet. The best thing I ever did was eliminate wheat from my diet. Many of my allergy symptoms are non-existent now and I feel better than I ever have. Don’t know how much of my blog you’ve read, but there are several posts about going gluten-free. If you don’t want to go that far, check on plant-based food plans… which may be the kind of things you’re learning at Whole Foods. I love those stores – I, too, wish Wichita had one!
      As I come across info that may be helpful to you and your grandson, I’ll be sure and pass along. Thanks for reading.


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